With Hurricane Florence growing and making its way towards the shore, it is important to start preparing for the possibility of the storm. Hurricanes are usually accompanied by powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, and coastal and inland flooding, which means that even though we are inland from the ocean, we still need to be prepared.
How You Can Start Preparing Now:
Know Our Area's Risk of Hurricanes:
While the Roanoke area is not at a high risk for hurricanes, we still are susceptible to the storms that result from them. Heavy rainfall and high winds are both something our area needs to be aware and cautious of.
Stock Up On The Necessities
It is not uncommon for these larger storms to lead to power outages. Make sure you are stocked up on water, food, batteries for flashlights, and anything else you may need to feel more comfortable during a power outage. Keeping your cellphones fully charged as the storm nears is also smart; being able to contact family, friends, and first responders is always important!
Keep an eye on our local news and weather alerts, for information regardings the storm. Staying alert for flash flood warnings and strong wind advisories can help keep you and your family safe throughout the storm.
Have a Backup Plan
If your home is in an area prone to flash flooding, have a backup plan! Call relatives and friends and make a plan to visit a home in a safer location during the storm!
For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes !